PCOD and Role of Physiotherapy

October 3, 2023
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PCOD is one of the common problems faced by females of any age group.  This condition is so common that almost 10% of women worldwide are affected by it.  

People are often confused by the two terms PCOS and PCOD. They believe that these terms are interchangeable since they both affect ovaries. Despite similarities, these conditions are different from each other.  So, let us understand both terms:

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PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a metabolic disorder where women face hormonal imbalance due to which high a level of male hormone is released in the body, which interferes in the maturation of the eggs.  

PCOD stands for Polycystic Ovarian Disorder. It is a condition developed due to hormonal imbalance. The immature eggs in the ovaries turn into cysts and the ovaries starts producing male hormone which leads to irregular periods, hair loss and weight gain.  

PCOS is more severe than PCOD as it can lead to infertility and other serious complications like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high BP. Whereas, PCOD can be easily managed by dietary and lifestyle modifications.

Role of physiotherapy in PCOD:

Physiotherapy can help in maintaining a healthy weight. 30 mins. of exercise every day is advisable. Weight reduction will help in reducing luteinizing hormone, thus reducing androgen (male hormone).  

Women with PCOD usually complain about lower back aches, sacral pain or lower abdomen pain. Now, because of pains and aches, it gets difficult for them to exercise to reduce weight. It becomes a vicious cycle, because of pain, you can’t exercise and because of weight, you get pains and aches. So, with the help of therapeutic modalities and manual techniques, pain can be controlled.  

Tips to deal with PCOD:

  • Reduce your sedentary lifestyle.
  • Try to take a regular walk.
  • Switch to a healthy diet.
  • Take good sleep for 7-8 hours.
  • Practice relaxation techniques.